Bob R. Simpson
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Director
Bob R. Simpson founded MorningStar in June 2012 and has served as a Director and the Chairman of the Board of MorningStar since its founding and will serve as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. Mr. Simpson previously served as the Chairman and a Director of Southland from February 2015 until January 2020. Since August 2010 and until September of 2020, Mr. Simpson served as Co-Chairman of the Rangers Baseball Express and since September of 2020, he has served as Chair of the Executive Committee. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of XTO (a company he founded) until 2008 and as Chairman of XTO until 2010 when XTO merged with Exxon for $41 billion in one of the largest transactions in history for an independent oil and gas company. Mr. Simpson attended Baylor University, where he earned a B.B.A. in Accounting magna cum laude and then an M.B.A. He served in the Texas Army National Guard after graduation and then earned his certified public accountant (“CPA”) designation.
Brent W. Clum
President of Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer, Director
Brent W. Clum has served as our Chief Financial Officer since the founding of MorningStar in June 2012, and will serve as the President of Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer and a Director. He has also served as Director of MorningStar since October 2012. Mr. Clum served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Southland from February 2015 until January 2020. Since August 2010, he has served as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee of Rangers Baseball Express. He served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of XTO until the Exxon acquisition. Prior to joining XTO, Mr. Clum worked as a portfolio manager at Luther King Capital Management, served as a Managing Director at Invesco and was an Analyst for T. Rowe Price and Associates. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance, Accounting and Marketing and from the Harvard Graduate School of Business with a Master’s in Business Administration. He is a CPA and a chartered financial analyst (“CFA”).
Keith A. Hutton
President of Production and Development, Director
Keith A. Hutton will serve as our President of Production and Development and as a Director. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of MorningStar and has served as Director of MorningStar, in each case, since its founding in June 2012. Mr. Hutton served as Director of Southland from February 2015 until January 2020. Mr. Hutton also served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of XTO until the time of the Exxon acquisition. He remained a consultant with Exxon until January 2012. Mr. Hutton held various management positions for XTO over his 25 year career and was promoted to CEO in December 2008. Prior to joining XTO Energy in 1987, Mr. Hutton was employed with Sun Oil Company in both the international and domestic divisions for five years. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and was named a Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering Distinguished Graduate in 2009.
Phillip R. Kevil
Phillip R. Kevil has been nominated to serve as a Director. He served as Director and as a member of the Audit Committee for XTO from 2004 until 2010. He also served as Vice President – Tax at XTO from 1987 until 1997. Mr. Kevil was responsible for all tax functions for Southland from 1975 until 1986. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.A in Accounting.
Rick J. Settle
Rick J. Settle has served as a Director of MorningStar since July, 2020. Mr. Settle is a Principal at LKCM Headwater Investments, the private equity arm of Luther King Capital Management, and has previously served as a Vice President and Associate since joining the firm in October 2014. Prior to becoming a Principal at LKCM Headwater, Mr. Settle worked as a financial analyst for Citigroup. Mr. Settle also serves on the board of several privately-held companies including Kindthread, a healthcare apparel business, Aquila Environmental, an energy efficiency lighting ESCO, and Heart of Texas Propane, a retail propane distribution business. He graduated from the Texas Christian University with a B.B.A. in Finance, Entrepreneurial Management.
J. Luther King, Jr
Luther King, Jr. has served as Director of MorningStar since 2016. He served as Director of Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) from May 2004 until May 2021, serving on the Compensation and Audit Committees throughout his tenure at the company. Additionally, he has served as Director of LKCM Funds since February 1994. Mr. King also previously served as Director of Encore Energy Partners LP (Nasdaq: ENP) and as Director of XTO. Over the course of his career, he has served on the boards of several publicly traded companies, three of which were listed on the NYSE. In his position as a director of these companies, Mr. King has served as Chair of both Audit and Compensation committees. Mr. King currently serves as President of Luther King Capital Management, a position he has held since February 1979. He attended Texas Christian University, where he earned a B.S.C. and then an M.B.A. Mr. King is a CFA and was recognized by CFA Magazine as “Most Inspiring” in the Investment Advisory Profession in 2007. Additionally, Mr. King is a founding member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the CFA Society of Dallas/Fort Worth.
William (“Bill”) H. Adams III
Bill H. Adams has been nominated to serve as a Director. Mr. Adams currently serves as Director of Kimbell Royalty GP, LLC (NYSE: KRP), a position he has held since January 2017. In this position, Mr. Adams has served on the Audit, Compensation and Conflicts committees of the company. Mr. Adams served as Director of Double B Holdings, LLC from 2012 until 2021. Additionally, Mr. Adams has served as Director of Graham Savings Bank since 2018, of JBN Investments, LLC since 2010, of Back Holdings, LLC since 2007 and of Jabb Associates, Inc. since 1997. Mr. Adams has also held the position of Chairman and has been a principal owner of Texas Appliance Supply, Inc., a wholesale and retail distribution company, since 2007. Prior to its sale to Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2010, he served on the board of directors of XTO Energy Inc., where he chaired the Compensation and the Corporate Governance and Nominating committees. Previously, Mr. Adams had a 25-year career in commercial and energy banking, most recently as Executive Regional President of Texas Bank in Fort Worth, before retiring in 2006. He also served as President of Frost Bank-Arlington. Mr. Adams received a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Tech University.